Rated 5 out of 5 by Wardawg Comfortable and good looking!
The NW Balance 969's are just what I have been looking for as an everyday shoe at work. Business Casual is my requirement, but comfortable shoe is a must. I have been looking all over for a brown shoe to meet those needs....these are perfect! Comfortable, water proof and good looking. They do run small though so go up a complete size. This is the first size 11's I have ever owned, LOL!
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Retireeee I buy my shoes from LL Bean whenever I can.
The walking shoes are great. I have bought numerous pair of shoes over the years. Now they are available from box stores,Wide width I need. LLBean has my loyalty. they stand behind their goods, pay shipping, and give outstanding service. The web site works great. I am totally sold on them.
February 20, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by ednavy Pass these by
These shoes are a huge disappointment. I had gotten a pair of NB 968's a year ago and they fit very well and were comfortable. These 969's seem to be the successor but they are a different story. In the 968's, like every other shoe I've worn in my adult life, I wear a size 10 extra wide. I originally started off with a 10.5 2E(width) for these but they were still too small in both length & width. I exchanged them for size 11 2E and while they fit, I can't lace them up all the way, and although they're new, they look very stretched-out after I take them off. I don't expect them to last very long. Pretty bad for a $120 pair of shoes.
February 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ClaireD Very comfortable!
i live in Sleep[y Hollow/Tarrytown NY. I ordered these for my husband whose other shoes were getting soaked in the snowy sleety icy weather we've been having. He loves them!!! i ordered a half size up as recommended and the fit is perfect. His feet stay dry and the deep tread helps him negotiate partially cleaned sidewalks. Best investment I've made this winter!
February 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Vince99 Men's New Balance 969 Walking Shoes
Call me a glutton for punishment but the last pair of New Balance shoes from LL Bean were a major disappointment. Within a few weeks the laces started to wear and after a year they were falling apart. However they were very cheap and I concluded that you get what you pay for.
This pair was much more expensive and, as you might expect, are much better. You can see the quality workmanship in the look and feel. Upon arrival I noticed that were not quite my size -- a little smaller -- but that worked out with wear.
Ask me to review this product in a year's time and I can give a more authoritative response.
February 18, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by K7LA Not On A Normal Sized Last
If you are used to New Balance sized fit on athletic shoes, you will be disappointed in these walkers. Their sizing runs small and compared along side with other product from this manufacturer it is obvious. The shoes were returned for credit, and I am out the shipping charges.
February 4, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MJFROMNY Poor sizing
Ive had a size twelve EE shoe size forever, but with Chinese shoes that became 13 and with this pair, a 14 was too tight to even consider. I returned them to Bean without issue, but I'll never purchase New Balance again.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tbub Comfortable, great fit??..but
If you are ordering these shoes, be sure to order one size up.
February 3, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by bluesman101 Read the reviews before you buy
I read the reviews saying these shoes run small, but it's hard to believe just how small they are relative to standard US shoe sizes. I'm a 10 1/2. I initially order 11's, which wouldn't even go on my feet. I returned those, ordered 12's, and they were still too small. On top of that, they were badly constructed. The seam where the tongue was attached to the upper on the right shoe was so badly done that I ended up with a severe blister within 30 minutes of use. I ended up returning the 12's too.
The shoes are not very soft or padded and are not suited to walking - perhaps pottering around the house and garden at best.
February 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by NewYorkJoe Disappointed by a shoe too small
I loved the look of the shoes and, following the advice given on the website, ordered a pair one-half size larger than my actual shoe size. Upon receipt, I checked that the size was as ordered but, when I tried them on, I discovered that they were too small and too tight. Perhaps, they were inadvertently mislabeled. Although disappointed, I appreciate the LLBean guarantee of satisfaction and the ease in returning the shoes to the company. At the time I ordered these shoes, I also ordered another pair of walking shoes that were made by the same manufacturer and they fit as though they were custom-made for me. Call me disappointed on the one hand but satisfied on the other.
January 21, 2015